It has been five years since NYU WIRELESS, a multidisciplinary research center with more than 100 researchers, was founded to develop the fundamental theories and techniques for next generation mass deployable wireless devices.
A key focus of the center, based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, relates to millimeter wave (mmWave) systems operating in the high frequency bands above 10 GHz.
In 2013, NYU WIRELESS Founding Director Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport published “Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!” which defied common wisdom that that lower frequencies represented the limits of possibility for most wireless communications.
“NYU WIRELESS is playing a vital role in this transformation and in providing its students the technical skills they’ll need to take advantage of the new career opportunities in this field,” said Melissa Arnoldi, senior executive vice president, Technology & Operations, AT&T Communications, which is one of the center’s industrial affiliates.
Research conducted at NYU WIRELESS was a key element in the FCC’s adoption of the Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order in 2016. Additionally, NYU WIRELESS was one of only two academic institutions chosen by the FCC to help test, debug, and provide feedback on a new web-based portal that lets researchers apply for a program experimental license, a development that will reduce barriers to experimentation for universities, research laboratories, health care institutions, and manufacturers.
The research also holds the promise of dramatically improving urban reception and reducing the cost of bringing fiber optic-speed Wi-Fi and wireless service to underserved rural areas, thus democratizing access and helping bridge the digital divide.
Among the research accomplishments of the center, now under the direction of NYU Tandon Associate Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering Sundeep Rangan, are:
NYU WIRELESS has nearly 20 industrial affiliates including AT&T, CableLabs, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Interdigital, Keysight Technologies, L3 Communications, National Instruments, NextLink, Nokia, OPPO, Qualcomm, SiBeam, Sprint, UMC, and Verizon.